Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Saucer

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Decorator:
Decorator (of saucer): Flower painting by Edme François Bouillat père (French,1739/40–1810, active 1758–1800)
Artist:
After a design by François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris)
Date:
1758/59
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Diameter: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of Ann Payne Blumenthal, 1943
Accession Number:
43.163.8
Not on view
Works of art by the French artist François Boucher (1703–1770), who held the prestigious title of first painter to the king, served as a highly popular source of inspiration for artists working in a variety of media in the middle decades of the eighteenth century. Prints made after paintings by Boucher were widely circulated and provided artists with compositions that could be faithfully reproduced in smaller scale or adapted to three-dimensional porcelain sculpture. Works by Boucher served as the source not only for the painted scenes on vases and snuffboxes, but also for the porcelain figures which were listed as "Enfants Boucher" (Boucher Children) in the factory’s sales ledgers.
Marking: [1] Crossed Ls enclosing F in blue enamel (Sèvres factory mark and year letter for 1758/9);
[2] Roman capital Y in blue enamel (decorator's mark);
[3] Quatrefoil incised

Location of marks:
All on bottom of saucer
George and Florence Blumenthal ; Ann Payne Blumenthal (until 1943; to MMA)
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